Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has commiserated with the family of the doyen of Highlife Music, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, who passed on Wednesday aged 89.
Fayemi in a statement Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, said Ekiti State and Nigeria have lost a global music icon with the passage of Dr Olaiya, “who was one of the foremost musicians in the country.”
The governor described the Ijesha-Isu Ekiti born Dr Olaiya as “Ekiti’s precious and priceless gift to the whole world.”
The governor noted that Dr Olaiya was a passionate singer, great entertainer, multi-talented instrumentalist and composer who had a good mastery of the stage.
The governor said he was consoled knowing that “Dr Olaiya did not only live long but lived well and impacted many lives through his music before taking his final bow.”
He added that it was the impact and uniqueness of Dr Olaiya’s music that earned him the Ekiti State Honour in 2011, in addition to a car gift.
“Dr Olaiya’s name has been eternally etched in the Nigerian music hall of fame, for creating an identity for himself as a multitalented musician.”
“Although Dr Olaiya is dead, his legacies will continue to live on especially in the hearts of millions of his admirers all over the world.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the family of the late Dr Olaiya. I urge the children to be consoled with the fact that Baba lived well, made a name for himself, and was honoured in his lifetime. Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest.”